Films available for (until November 1 at 11:59pm)

Film Submissions Open March 1, 2021!

$20,000 in prize money Early Deadline May 15, Final Deadline July 15, Notifications August 1 Film Freeway Listing

Films Connected to Southwestern Ontario

We are looking for films that have at least one member of the key artistic team that has spent a significant time in the area, or films that were filmed in or are about the region. The key artistic team includes director, writer, producer, DOP, sound design and actors. Subject matter or setting of the film is not restricted to the region.


Submissions for Films, Screenplays, Music Videos and More, opening March 1, 2021

Over $20,000 in prizes

Submission Information
Narrative Judges

JOHN KAPELOS - Actor/writer/producer

In the three decades since John Kapelos co-starred in the pop-cultural phenomenon: THE BREAKFAST CLUB he has consistently proven himself as one of the most versatile and popular actors of his generation, heralded for his work in both comedy and drama on the big and small screens.

John co-starred in several of John Hughes’ generation-defining Brat Pack films, notably THE BREAKFAST CLUB (as Carl the Janitor), 16 CANDLES and WEIRD SCIENCE. John Hughes discovered John while Kapelos was a member of the resident company at Chicago’s legendary SECOND CITY. He spent 8 years with Second City, both on their Chicago main stage, in their National Touring Company and in ORWELL THAT ENDS WELL, their triumphant 1984 off-Broadway return at the celebrated Village Gate in Manhattan.

Since that time John has made his mark in more than 70 features films including LEGALLY BLONDE, ROXANNE, THE SHAPE OF WATER. John loves independent film and has worked on over 250 film and television projects in his career as actor, writer, and producer. He is a London Ontario native and a big supporter of the film industry in this region.

MARIA ALEXOPOULOS- Producer/Director

Maria launched the video division for social media giant Diply, where she was the Director of Video for over four years. Her time there oversaw the creation of online channels; Crafty, Delicious and Flawless, having collectively garnered over 16 million followers and 500 million video views. Prior to her time at Diply she directed the feature documentary, Nepal In the Mountains Shadow, which premiered and won best international documentary at the Swansea Bay International Film Festival, she then went onto to produce independent feature films Liminality and Backtrack. Currently, she is the Director of Video for Hive Media Group, producing the original web series Dad’s in Parks, among others. .


Documentary Judges

CRAIG THOMPSON - President and Executive Producer, Ballinran Entertainment.

Craig has 25 years’ experience in content creation, production and management, and more than a decade as a working journalist (CBC, CBC Radio (England), CTV). Specialties: Film and television production management, event management, financing, strategic and business consulting in the media industry. Founder, DocFest Stratford and No Boundaries. Author, acclaimed public speaker, and experienced educator, committed to inspiring the next generation of media professionals. Recent feature documentary credits: Game Changers (2017), The Truth is in the Stars (2017), Mostly Sunny (2016) Chaos on the Bridge (2014).

MATTHEW GALLAGHER - Producer/Director

Matt Gallagher has been directing, producing, and shooting one-off documentaries and series for over 20 years. His stories have brought him far and wide and embedded him in the diverse worlds of prisons, poker players and political royalty to name a few. His latest documentary titled PREY has garnered many awards and been seen at festivals around the world. Whether his camera follows a lone explorer along the banks of the Amazon River, is quietly focused on a dying artist working on his last creation, or is aboard Prime Minister Trudeau’s helicopter as it hovers above a disaster zone, Matt’s documentaries are character-driven narratives that reveal the triumphs and struggles of the people he films.

He has shot and directed films for BBC, CBC, VICE, TVO, Documentary Channel, Bravo, History Channel, Discovery, and the National Film Board of Canada. His films have premiered at Hot Docs, Input, TIFF Cinematheque, and film festivals around the world. Matt lives in Toronto with his wife Cornelia, daughter Audrey, and a Corgi named Mr. Sundae.

ALEX ROGALSKI - Film Festival Programmer

Alex has been a professional film programmer for more than a decade focusing on documentary and Canadian cinema for festivals across the country including TIFF, Hot Docs, Calgary International Film Festival, Victoria Film Festival, Gimme Some Truth, and others. He is the founder of the One Take Super 8 Event. This event started in Regina in 2000 and has spread across North America, helping to create more than 1000 independent films.

In addition to his film curation, Alex is currently a program consultant with the Saskatchewan Arts Board and was previously the Executive Director of PAVED Arts in Saskatoon. He holds a Masters in Communication and Culture from York and Ryerson Universities and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film from the University of Regina and has written for publications including POV magazine.

Animation Judges


Kris Pearn is a Writer/ Director/ Storyboard artist who’s credits include Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs one and two, Star Wars: Solo, Open Season, Arthur Christmas, Pirates- Band of Misfits, Shawn the Sheep, Surf’s Up, and Home to name a few. Currently he’s writing and directing the upcoming Netflix film “The Willoughbys”, based on the book by Lois Lowry, starring Ricky Gervais and Martin Short.

Music Video Judges


As Senior Manager, MVP Project / Prism Prize at the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, Neil Haverty oversees multiple initiatives that aim to spotlight artistry in the Canadian music video industry. The Prism Prize was established in 2012 to recognize extraordinary achievement within the field. The MVP Project, a joint initiative with RBCxMusic, was recently launched to assist in the creation of new music video work by way of production grants for emerging artist teams (comprised of recording artists, directors and producers). Haverty also works as a film composer and musician, most notably as a founding member of Toronto-based ensemble Bruce Peninsula.


Kat WebberEditor / Director

Kat Webber is fascinated by all things storytelling. With attention to detail and extensive understanding of multiple genres, she brings a deliberate eye to her work as both an Editor and Director. Kat received a BFA in Acting from the conservatory program at York University in Toronto, which provided her with a unique appreciation for the actor’s process. After graduating, Kat stepped behind the camera to develop her technical skills. After years of editing international broadcast campaigns, feature films and award-winning music videos, she’s studied the storytelling process from the inside-out. Kat has had the honour of working as a close collaborator with visionary director Karena Evans, who catapulted her onto the international scene after editing pieces like Drake’s “Nice for What” and Coldplay’s “Everyday Life.” Recently Kat worked as an additional editor for multiple episodes of the new STARZ series, P-Valley. Kat’s mission is centred around amplifying the female gaze, whether that be in service as an editor, director or mentor to young femme-identifying creatives. Each decision she makes, from pre-production to post, comes down to two questions: why now & what serves the story?